The Nursing Post Podcast

AIDS Awareness l Episode 036

December 3, 2020

This episode is meant to expand your knowledge and to help raise awareness for AIDS!

To understand AIDS, we should first start with how it progresses through HIV.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. 

  • It’s spread by contact with certain bodily fluids of a person with HIV
    • most commonly during unprotected sex (sex without a condom or HIV medicine to prevent or treat HIV)
    • Through sharing injection drug equipment.
  • Untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the most severe phase of HIV infection.

People with AIDS have such badly damaged immune systems that they get an increasing number of severe illnesses. Without treatment, people with AIDS typically survive about three years.

 

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